What's one more post about grocery shopping between friends?
As I've mentioned before, I have created pre-printed shopping lists that show all the items that I regularly buy. The items on the list are sorted so that they appear in the same order as the aisles in my local supermarket. This allows me to go through the store (North to South) and pick up every item I've check-marked that week. It removes the need to scan all the way through the list each time I go into an aisle. It's what we in the software business refer to a a one-pass algorithm (please, refrain from spontanous applause until the end of the post).
This system works pretty well. Really, there's not much that can screw it up. Not much at all. I mean, a supermarket would have to do something totally absurd to mess this up. They'd have to... I don't know...maybe MOVE EVERYTHING AROUND FOR NO APPARENT REASON.
Yeah, that'd do it.
And that's what Safeway, my nearby supermarket, has done. I wandered through their aisles this weekend, befuddled and distraught.
All the items that require refrigeration are still in the same place. Apparently whatever motivated the Safeway brass to screw with me, wasn't worth unplugging freezers. Everything else, however, was fair game. If they had undertaken this effort to more logically store their wares, then I'd understand. Maybe they could have alphabetized their products, or even sorted them by shape. That would make sense to me. Tortillas would be next to paper plates and cucumbers would sit alongside dildos. So easy!
Of course that's not what Safeway did. They utilized an organizational system known as R-A-N-D-O-M.
You know how the wine used to be in the same aisle as the liquor? Now the wine is in the bread aisle. What's the theme here? Biblical foods, maybe?
Want to know where the cookies and crackers are? They're in the meat aisle. This one makes sense IF YOU ARE A CRAZY PERSON WHO EATS COOKIE BURGERS.
Dog food? Next to the greeting cards. "Hey, baby, happy anniversary! Here's a card and a chew toy."
I was confused for a split second about why the diapers and baby food were in the same aisle as the coffee, but then I remembered what it was like being the parent of a newborn. It's clearly the "AAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!" aisle. I'm down with that.
So, now I get to make a new list. Booooo. Inefficiency is evil.
ps. I miss Webvan.